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Fencing

closing ranks the all-but-entirely regular fence fingers sign their functions, in-walling and out-walling their uniforms showing wear from seasons in all weather they’ve volunteered for the…

Blue Hydrangeas

Blue as summer sky over prairie paper-thin overlapping petals cloaking fist-sized spaces crossed only by stems and branches no bigger than fishing line an assembly like a gathering of…

Pathmarks

several miles out in the backlands a bridge that once crossed a small river now crosses a narrow two-lane old enough to have dirtied itself with…

Foreseeing

We are not afraid.  A practiced light precedes us through the future’s aperture whose boldness will return to us as sight   undoing settled blindness-appetite whose…

City Talk

a storyteller would entertain on every street-corner if they didn’t need permits with requirements based on the old Jim Crow literacy tests for black voters  …

Sunspots

  summer apples and cherries arrive in tight bright skins peapods hang from low vines tantalizing   bees and hummingbirds track flower openings and closings a…

Border Siren

in an upper corner of the Wide Screen when it still has corners is an iconic poster with a woman’s face and bold print above and…

Beauty’s Edge

a slow starter with a sly subliminal appeal Beauty slides off the edges of fuchsia blooms hanging today from the eaves over the deck visited just…

The Saving Wood

an empire of a thousand years a dark kingdom lies disgraced as bunkers and bolt-holes as camps of skeletons become skeletons of camps declaring work the…

State of the Art

constantly-ill, Nietzsche said there are no healthy poets   at a healing service in Fresno a man with a writer’s block grew a brawny replacement leg…

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